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Eels slip in field goal to win

NOT giving up their top-of-the-ladder spot without a fight, Parramatta Eels have overcome the loss of Mitchell Moses to beat the Raiders 25-24 in a golden point thriller at Bankwest Stadium.

Captain Clint Gutherson proved the hero for the blue and gold, sinking an 87th-minute field goal and securing the win.
A Raiders’ double had levelled the scores at 24-24 and sent the game into extra time after the Eels had led by 12.
Parramatta were forced to play without Moses from the 34th minute after a suspected calf injury.
“I don’t know how bad it is but he’ll be out for a bit,” Eels coach Brad Arthur said post-match.
“I thought we did alright [without him], Dylan took control of the team and had some tremendous help from our middles.”
The frustrations from both sides were evident from the start with three disallowed tries to the Eels shortly followed by a dubious Raiders pass in the lead-up to a try.
Then the Eels stormed home with a further two tries as their most experienced men – Gutherson and Michael Jennings – stood up in Moses’ absence.
A try to Jennings continued the flow of momentum before Gutherson delivered a cut-out pass for Sivo to cross in the corner.
Canberra set up a grandstand finish when a well-timed kick sent the game into a thriller.
But the Eels’ captain didn’t waste the opportunity, stepping up from 30 metres out to kick and seal Parramatta’s sixth win.
The Eels next play Cowboys this Friday night from 7.55pm at Bankwest Stadium.

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